Basset horn



an alto horn with a soft tone.
Historical Examples

This brings the compass of the basset horn to a range of four octaves from , actual sounds .
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Like the basset horn, Streitwolf’s instruments had the four chromatic open keys extending the compass downwards to B♭.
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It is not a horn, but bears the same relation to the oboe as the basset horn does to the clarinet.
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The bore of the basset horn is wider than that of the alto clarinet in E♭, or of the tenor clarinet in F.
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Like the clarinet, the basset horn is a transposing instrument, its music being written a fifth higher than the actual sounds.
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noun
an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family

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